5 ways Google is changing Gmail

Alonzo Simpson
April 15, 2018

You might have noticed that the AI from smart speakers or the phone assistant is not able to pick out your voice when another person is talking at the same time. Before we get to that, what we know so far is that the revamped Gmail could launch in the next few weeks and will perhaps be part of the Google I/O developers conference on May 8.

Created to make browsing quicker and easier while using less data for mobile users, the new Google Go app is the "light" version of Google Search. The design will feature elements of Google's Material design.

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Instead, Gmail sends the recipient a dummy email with a hyperlink to the actual self-expiring message, which is what actually disappears when time expires. Other features said to be on the cusp of debuting include a "snooze" option that lets users temporarily send emails back out of their inbox until they're ready to deal with them, as well as a "smart reply" feature for the web version of Gmail that automatically suggests boilerplate email responses; this option is already available for mobile. The new mode will also allow senders to restrict the recipient from copying, downloading, or even printing the email. The feature could be called "confidential mode".

'We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)', a Google spokesperson told MailOnline. Earlier this year Google disclosed cloud revenue figures for the first time, saying that the company is making $1 billion in revenue a quarter from the combined G Suite and Google Cloud Platform businesses. The "Compact" view will remain the closest to the current Gmail design, while displaying the most messages on screen. In the video posted by Google to explain the new AI ability, they showed with both sound and visual signals that the AI is actually lip reading the people in the footage. The revision states, "Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customised search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection".

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